pole·star | \ˈpōl-ˌstär \

Definition of polestar 

2a : a directing principle : guide

b : a center of attraction

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compass, cynosure, direction, focus, lodestar (also loadstar)

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Examples of polestar in a Sentence

under the polestar of progress, urban renewal programs gutted the historic districts of many cities

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Copenhagen today is a city transformed, a polestar across creative fields from art to architecture, design to dining. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of polestar

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of polestar was in 1555

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